Ninety there Vietnamese refugees, who have been forced to live in overcrowded conditions aboard a cargo ship for nearly a month have been allowed to come ashore in Hong Kong.
GV AVA SHIP SURROUNDED BY POLICE BOATS
SV REFUGEES GETTING OFF AVA INTO POLICE BOAT
GV POLICE BOATS WITH REFUGEES ON BOARD ENTERING THE DOCK AREA (3 SHOTS)
GV NEWSMEN SCALING HIGH WALL TO OBTAIN PHOTOS OF REFUGEES
SV REFUGEES LEAVING DOCK THROUGH UNDERGROUND TUNNEL
SV REFUGEES LEAVING DOCK BY CHARTERED BUS
SV REFUGEES LIGHTING FROM BUS ANL ENTERING HOTEL (4 SHOTS)
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Background: Ninety there Vietnamese refugees, who have been forced to live in overcrowded conditions aboard a cargo ship for nearly a month have been allowed to come ashore in Hong Kong.
The refugees were brought off the Burmese cargo freighter, the Ava, by Hong Kong Immigration Launches.
The crew of the Ava had picked up the refugees from a sinking fishing boat off the coast of Vietnam on July 4.
Hong Kong authorities attempted to prevent newsmen from photographing the refugees but by gymnastic feats the pressmen still managed to get their photos. After landing the refugees were quickly directed into an underground tunnel which led to a fleet of waiting buses.
Among the refugees were nearly fifty children under the age of thirteen. Host of them appeared bewildered by the amount of interest they had attracted.
The buses took the refugees to a nearby hotel where they will stay until they fly on to other countries, including the United States and Canada.
The refugees told waiting newsman that they were looking forward to travelling. However, one of them later said he might prefer to remain in Hong Kong.